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April 2021 - East Central District Update

Mary Garrison, LCSW, ACSW East Central District Chair

Happy Spring! It has been one year since we entered into a global pandemic, and although you may not be feeling strong or like you have survived, you have! Please remember to give yourself grace and take time for YOU. We have made it through such a challenging time, but we know that we are not yet at the end. As you know, you are ESSENTIAL, and being essential in our work means taking care of yourself first – be self-focused!

Welcome to our newest members and to those that have renewed your membership. We are so glad you are a part of the NASW-Illinois Chapter family.


Chapter Elections

The 2021 NASW-Illinois Chapter Elections for open positions on the chapter board of directors will take place from April 1–30, 2021. An article featuring all candidates and their bios will go live on the chapter ‘News’ page that day while election ballots will be sent out via SurveyMonkey later on. Please be sure to have your selections ready before opening the electronic ballot as the ballot link can only be opened once. Remember to take time and vote in this year’s chapter elections!

2021 Virtual Advocacy Day

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Join us for a day of advocacy with other social work professionals and students as we virtually descend upon the state capital in Springfield! The day will include a morning educational session (3.0 CEUs) on emerging issues and updates on up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for vote in the Capitol. Unite your voices with hundreds of other social work colleagues on issues that affect the social work profession in Illinois by taking part in in this virtual day of advocacy. Read more here:

Call for Presenters! 2021 NASW Chapters Conference

DEADLINE: Monday, April 12, 2021

The NASW-Illinois Chapter is opening a call for presentations that are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. We are seeking one-hour presentations that are creative, interactive, and audience-engaged. Proposals should have dynamic presenters who can lead social workers through discussions and peer-sharing about topics relating to social work practice and must fulfill IDFPR requirements for CEU education. Read more here:

2021 NASW-IL Social Work Awards

DEADLINE: July 30, 2021

Nominations are now being accepted for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Awards! This year, we are looking for outstanding individuals whose work has supported and promoted the social work profession and the people it serves. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 30, 2021. Find out more here:


ICYMI (In Case You Missed It!): Updates on Licensure Renewal & Telehealth Practice During COVID-19

  • Telehealth Services Extended in Illinois through April 3, 2021:

  • In-Person CEU Requirements Waived by IDFPR:

  • Updates on telehealth practice in IL:

  • 2019–2021 IDFPR Licensure Renewal Changes:

For more news, go to the NASW-Illinois Chapter News page:

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